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Classy move by Rangers as support for Oskar Lindblom continues to pour in with 'Oskar Strong' shirts

Classy move by Rangers as support for Oskar Lindblom continues to pour in with 'Oskar Strong' shirts

Kevin Hayes put it best Monday morning.

“There are bigger things in life than just hockey,” he said.

The Rangers exemplified that statement before their game against the Metropolitan Division rival Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center.

In support of Oskar Lindblom, the Flyers’ 23-year-old forward from Sweden who was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma fewer than two weeks ago, a handful of New York players wore “Oskar Strong” shirts, led by Swedish native Mika Zibanejad.

“We generated another $2,000 in donations within an hour of Mika sharing the photo,” Kim Parent, co-owner/artist for BiscuitTees.com and the daughter of Flyers great Bernie Parent, told NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com Monday night.

The “Oskar Strong” shirts can be purchased at BiscuitTees.com, with all proceeds benefiting the NHL's "Hockey Fights Cancer" initiative.

“Even if you don’t know him, you’re certainly touched by it and affected by it,” Rangers head coach David Quinn said of Lindblom and his fight against cancer. “We’ve all been affected by cancer in some way, shape or form. Not only our guys, but I think the hockey community certainly rallies around anybody in the situation he’s in. Our hearts and thoughts go out to the organization, him and the family.”

Per Parent, BiscuitTees.com has raised $110,000 to date, while the Devils and Wild have also reached out about purchasing shirts.

Alain Vigneault, who coached the Rangers from 2013 to 2018, wasn’t surprised by his former team’s support of Lindblom.

“Very classy, very first class organization,” Vigneault said. “There’s no doubt that Oskar’s situation has touched everyone in the league. Like I said the other day, this is a strong league, a good league with strong people and good people. Without a doubt, the Rangers are showing their support.”

Hayes, who played for the Rangers from 2014 into last season, echoed that sentiment.

“It’s a first class organization, but honestly it’s a first class league with the way that the hockey community comes together,” he said.

“Oskar is a great guy, a great teammate. We all miss him in here.

“It’s a battle that he’s going to fight but he knows that this organization and pretty much every organization in the league is standing there with him and wishing him nothing but the best.”

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Canadiens head coach Claude Julien hospitalized with chest pain

Canadiens head coach Claude Julien hospitalized with chest pain

Canadiens head coach Claude Julien has been hospitalized because of chest pain, the team announced Thursday.

Julien is not expected to return to the bench for the Canadiens' best-of-seven first-round playoff series against the Flyers. Assistant coach Kirk Muller will take over head coaching duties in the interim.

Julien was behind the bench leading Montreal in Game 1 Wednesday night at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto. The Flyers beat the Canadiens, 2-1, while the series continues Friday with Game 2 at 3 p.m. ET.

Here is a statement from Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin, via the team's official website:

Good afternoon. I'm here to inform you of the reason Claude Julien was not here this morning at practice. Claude experienced chest pain during the night. We immediately consulted our doctors and it was agreed to transfer him to the hospital by ambulance. He's presently there and he's undergoing tests to determine the exact nature of his condition. This has nothing to do with COVID.

We don't expect him to be back during this series against the Flyers. Kirk [Muller], Dominique [Ducharme], and Luke [Richardson] will share the responsibility, however, Kirk is the associate head coach and he will assume the responsibility of head coach until Claude's return.  

We understand that Kirk does not speak French, but these are exceptional circumstances and we're asking you for your understanding. Out of respect for Claude and his family, I will not answer any further questions about his medical condition.

The veteran coach led the Bruins to a Stanley Cup championship in 2011. He began his NHL head coaching career in Montreal and has been with the club for parts of seven seasons.

"There’s no doubt that there’s a deep bond and a deep respect because we know the jobs that we’re doing," Flyers head coach Alain Vigneault said about Julien before the series.

Vigneault also began his NHL head coaching career in Montreal.

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Flyers Talk podcast: The good, some bad and what's ahead for Canadiens series

Flyers Talk podcast: The good, some bad and what's ahead for Canadiens series

On the latest Flyers Talk podcast, NBC Sports Philadelphia's Brooke Destra and Jordan Hall discuss the good, some bad and what's ahead following the team's tight Game 1 win over the Canadiens.

From the goalie matchup to something important to remember, let's dive in:

1:15 — Flyers fans were nervous in Game 1; that's a good thing

3:30 — Have the Flyers been the best team in the tourney so far?

5:00 — Biggest takeaways from Game 1, good and bad

9:15 — Did the Flyers get under Carey Price's skin?

15:20 — How concerned are we about that shaky second period?

19:45 — Joel Farabee, so impressive, so smart

 24:50 — What do we think about Shayne Gostisbehere, Robert Hagg and the defensive pairs?

 29:35 — Something to remember ahead of Game 2

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